B i o g r a p h y
Brent Mead, a Mason City, IA native, is an enthusiastic performer, educator, and supporter of music in the Kansas City area. He joined the Wichita Symphony as principal trombone in 2018. He has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Fountain City Brass Band, Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra, and many other community and chamber ensembles. Currently, Brent is working on creating an educational program of new works for solo trombone and fixed media designed around the struggles of life. This program will discuss topics like failure, jealousy, abuse, anxiety, and uncertainty of the future with the hopes of normalizing the sharing of our struggles with younger generations. Brent is a founding member of the Crossroads Trombone Quartet, Kansas City's premier trombone quartet.
During his master’s degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Brent was a member of the Volker Brass Quintet who won the 2019 American Brass Quintet Brass Prize and was a semifinalist at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in addition to finishing in 3rd place at the 2018 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. During those two years, Volker Brass was a national finalist and alternates in several other competitions as well.
Brent is also passionate about education and enjoys volunteering his time at schools to share his love of music. In 2021, Brent joined the faculty at MidAmerica Nazarene University to teach applied low brass lessons, music history, and aural skills. He teaches his private students at the Culture House in Olathe, KS, a multi-faceted Christian arts organization. Brent has worked with several school districts as a low brass instructor, providing a specialized focus in a 1-on-1 or small group setting. During his career, Brent has enjoyed serving his community in several performing and educational roles.